Published on OnIslam.net
On 22nd June, 2015
Episode One: It’s An Inside Job!
Thundering slamming sounds of doors locking.
Roaring noises of steel chains clatter together.
Hearts melt as the smiles fill the skies…
And the golden gates are opened, filling the universe with the sparkling scents of Heaven….
People from all around the world gather together, excited and anxious to be amongst the frontrunners. From every race, age and color, the chosen contestants hold hands in peace; awaiting further reminders before they head off for the big win.
“Listen up people! This is it! The doors of Hell are locked, the devils are chained down and the gates of Paradise are wide open. Tonight we start the 30-day countdown of the Amazing Race! Let’s make EVERY. SECOND. COUNT!”
Millions of Muslims raise their hands to the sky and chant in unity “Allahu Akbar! God Is Great!”
“The more people you help along the way, the more you raise your chances of winning the ultimate reward, so stay close and have each others backs! Now please pick up a copy of your craziest imagination before heading to Conference Room A for a staff meeting with your organs. Good luck!”
Health Benefits Of Fasting:
All the organs take their seats, giving full attention to the Heart that stands up and speaks first.
“I’d like to welcome you all to this great event. I’ll be your team leader and I hereby make it very clear that my approval is essential before every word and action you make. That means you Mr. Brain!”
“Hey! What did I do?” The Brain looks innocently confused.
“I would rather this meeting be productive so I won’t be pointing fingers! We are one family after all” The heart replies calmly. “If you look at the white board, you’ll see a list a job descriptions and goals for the Holy month. Let’s go through them quickly…”
Attention! Brace yourself while system resets. I repeat. All organs brace yourselves. This Is An Automated message.
“What’s happening?” The Kidney twins panic. “Is that an Earthquake? Oh my God we’re getting dizzy!”
“No that’s the Brain going into shock. It’s one of the expected side effects of adjusting to the new system” The Heart replies. “Guys if you’ll excuse us, I need to talk to the Brain privately please.”
Mental Benefits Of Fasting:
The Heart puts its hand on the Brain’s shoulder and speaks softly.
“Listen to me. I know the headache hurts but it will only last a day or two till the body adjusts to the fasting process. I need you to stay strong. This will pass I promise! Just breathe it out”
“I want pain killers, coffee, sweets, anything! Please!” The Brain holds its head.
“A war is raging inside coz you’re physically feeling hunger and thirst to the fullest. But I’m in charge now and I will see you through this. You’ll thank me later and here’s why…”
- Increased focus, mental clarity and creativity.
- Fasting is a powerful tool in maintaining a healthy mental state through clearing out suppressed ‘emotional baggage’.
- Controlling impulsive urges which enhances wisdom.
- Discontinuing bad habits and overcoming addictions
- Fasting improves quality of sleep.
- Ultimate awareness and living the ‘now’ helps you feel the ‘joy’.
- Strengthening your will and inner power.
“You can do this. That’s the training you need to survive another year in the outside world. Together you and me, we will win this race every single day, because we have the ultimate goal in mind: Pleasing Allah and attaining the highest levels of Paradise inshAllah. You’re not alone pal”
“Oh you’re so sweet. How come we don’t spend more time together? Listening to you is really soothing… You’re so pure and genuine!” The Brain smiles.
“Tell me something I don’t know” The Heart winks back jokingly. “Now let’s catch up with the rest in Conference Room B. The ‘Soul’ will give the final speech.”
Spiritual Benefits Of Fasting
Dressed in a sheer white suit, the ‘Inner Being’ welcomes each organ with a rose. The sound of Qur’an in the background fills the room with tranquility. After the recitation is done, the ‘Soul’ stands up and asks the audience to close their eyes.
“Shhhhhhhh…. Listen to the silence inside of you. Separate from the worldly life for a moment and focus your attention inwards…
I overhear the chitchats of millions of contestants on their way out of the auditoriums. Sorry, but I couldn’t help eavesdropping on some random conversations
“Man! That was impressive! It’s like all the organs are one happy family. How come we aren’t as close to our own parents and siblings outside Ramadan?”
“Tell me about it. Like my brother is so annoying I fantasize about punching him in the face sometimes.”
“I don’t remember the last time we all had a meal together!”
“My husband is married to his social media. I think if I disappear, the only way he will notice is if someone posts it on Facebook!”
Hmmmmm…I run quickly to fetch the blueprints for the next phase of the race and I chuckle with amusement!
Episode Two: ‘Joy Is A Six-Letter Word’.
Coming right up…. Stay tuned.
Lilly S. Mohsen